Monday, February 28, 2005

Stars $500 NL Tournament

Thought I would have a go at the Pokerstars $500 tournament on Sunday evening. I was cruising along and above chip average with less than 300 players from 1500 remaining when I decided to give a very good example of how to play a hand badly all the way through.

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PokerStars Game #1280039080: Tournament #5285433, Hold'em No Limit - Level
(300/600) - 2005/02/27 - 19:37:43 (ET)
Table '5285433 3' Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: SNM1018 (36980 in chips)
Seat 2: ClayListon (28980 in chips)
Seat 3: milkybarkid (13447 in chips)
Seat 4: Rosebudd (37532 in chips)
Seat 5: PICKLED EGG (4905 in chips)
Seat 6: lucky karma (5200 in chips)
Seat 7: VO Viv (19116 in chips)
Seat 8: l'artiste (18250 in chips)
Seat 9: swirly (4198 in chips)
SNM1018: posts the ante 50
ClayListon: posts the ante 50
milkybarkid: posts the ante 50
Rosebudd: posts the ante 50
PICKLED EGG: posts the ante 50
lucky karma: posts the ante 50
VO Viv: posts the ante 50
l'artiste: posts the ante 50
swirly: posts the ante 50
milkybarkid: posts small blind 300
Rosebudd: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to milkybarkid [Kc Ks]
ragu46 [observer] said, "nh clay"
lucky karma: folds
VO Viv: folds
l'artiste: folds
swirly: folds
SNM1018: folds
ClayListon: folds
milkybarkid: raises 600 to 1200
Rosebudd: calls 600
*** FLOP *** [Kh 3h 2c]
milkybarkid: bets 1200
Rosebudd: raises 2400 to 3600
milkybarkid: calls 2400
*** TURN *** [Kh 3h 2c] [Qh]
ClayListon said, "fell into one"
milkybarkid: checks
Rosebudd: checks
*** RIVER *** [Kh 3h 2c Qh] [Js]
milkybarkid: bets 8597 and is all-in
Rosebudd: calls 8597
*** SHOW DOWN ***
milkybarkid: shows [Kc Ks] (three of a kind, Kings)
Rosebudd: shows [8h 4h] (a flush, King high)
Rosebudd collected 27244 from pot


Anonymous said...


Being a newbie, I'm not that sure where you went wrong?
Should you have re-re-raised all-in on the flop?

Luckyblind said...

Min raise against only the big blind and he has pot odds to call you with any hand even if he thinks you have AA. As you can see here you are liable to get all your opponents chips if you get the right flop. KK & AA are only good hands if you know where you are. A bigger preflop raise and Ben would have 1000 more chips instead of none. Once he has been reraised on the flop he should have played out the hand for as few chips as possible. The biggest mistake was moving in on the river, He is advertising that he does not have a flush, meaning his opponent can safely call with his low flush.
If you hit the flop but there is a draw on the board the post flop bet should also be bigger, ideally a pot size bet. I doubt he calls this size of bet with a weak flush draw.
The good thing is that Ben knows where he went wrong so hopefully he wont do it again !

Milkybarkid said...

My thinking with such a small raise preflop was that i wanted a call as i hadn't seen a hand as big as KK since the first level. Guess i was trying to tempt the big stack to play against me in the hope he would hit some part of the flop and pay me off. I should have bet at least 1800 before the flop and moved all in after his reraise on the flop.

Anonymous said...

Luckyblind: Once he has been reraised on the flop he should have played out the hand for as few chips as possible.

He's flopped the nuts, he should be trying to play the hand for as many chips as possible surely? I'd be playing for as few chips as possible when the flush card comes though.